Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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A two-week itinerary taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of Vietnam, with comfortable budget accommodation throughout.
Follow the mighty Mekong on a journey through the glorious landscapes of Laos, from magical Luang Prabang to the beautiful 4,000 Islands.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Riverside Boutique Resort (Vang Vieng)
The Riverside Boutique is ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River and our top choice in Vang Vieng.
This luxury resort has charm and character set against the dramatic backdrop of limestone karst mountains. Located away from the busy main streets but within easy reach of the centre Riverside Boutique Resort is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surroundings. The resort is set within a spacious tropical garden with chalet style accommodation blocks centred around a lovely swimming pool which faces straight on to the river.
The guest rooms are very bright and airy with large private balconies. Each room is decorated with fabrics, batiks and pictures of differing Lao ethnic groups which adds a homely feel. The resort features an authentic Lao restaurant with options for indoor or outdoor dining. There are free bikes you can borrow from the resort to explore by yourself or head to the main strip of bars and restaurants. The attentive staff can also help arrange kayaking, hiking or boat trips as well as cooking classes.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.
Tam Coc Garden Resort (Ninh Binh)
Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery Tam Coc Garden Resort is a little countryside haven.
The 16 rooms have thatched roofs and tiled floors, each with its own private terrace and freestanding bath tub. The in-house restaurant offers tasty cuisine and the outdoor pool and friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing one. The resort has bikes for hire and makes the prefect base for exploring the near by Tam Coc and Trang An UNESCO World heritage sites.
Chantha House (Kong Lor Cave)
A good accommodation option in this remote region of central Laos, the Chantha House provides a clean and comfortable base from which to explore the dramatic caves at Kong Lor.
Mandala Ou Resort (Nong Khiaw)
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Muang La Resort (Muang La)
In the remote mountains of northern Laos lies the Muang La Resort; a wonderful base for exploring the Khmu and Ikhos communities nearby.
Despite its remote location the Muang La Resort offers both well-appointed accommodation and expert guiding to enrich your stay in the beautiful and unspoilt region of Muang La. The Muang La resort is set on the banks of the Nam Pak River, surrounded by jungle covered mountains; an idyllic setting from which to absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the region and to set out to explore the local area.
The accommodation comprises of five villas, built in a mixture of wood and bamboo, providing only 10 guest rooms. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the countryside, gardens or river and features furniture made by local craftsmen. The resort is set besides natural hot springs and guests can bathe outdoors in elevated baths filled with these thermal waters. There are numerous other facilities to help you unwind including a; sauna, spa, expert masseuse and steam room. Dinner is included each evening for the during of your at the resort and you will be served a wide variety of local dishes.